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Poster: Jeff Kaplan Date: Jan 17, 2012 10:24am
Forum: texts Subject: will be dark on Wednesday, January 18 to protest SOPA and PIPA

12 Hours Dark: Internet Archive vs. Censorship

The Internet Archive believes that it is critical to protest and raise awareness of pending legislation in the United States: House Bill 3261, The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S.968, the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). is going dark from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm PDT on Wednesday January 18 (14:00 – 02:00 GMT) to drive a message to Washington. We need your help to do this.

Legislation such as this directly affects libraries (pdf) such as the Internet Archive, which collects, preserves, and offers access to cultural materials. Furthermore, these laws can negatively affect the ecosystem of web publishing that led to the emergence of the Internet Archive.

These bills would encourage the development of blacklists to censor sites with little recourse or due process. The Internet Archive is already blacklisted in China—let’s prevent the United States from establishing its own blacklist system.

For United States residents, please take action.

For non-US residents: Sorry for dragging you into this, and if you are willing, sign a petition to the State Department to express your concern.

–Internet Archive

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Poster: garthus Date: Jan 17, 2012 5:33pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: will be dark on Wednesday, January 18 to protest SOPA and PIPA


I am happy to see that the Archive will be participating in the protest of this legislation. People should be aware of the motivations of each of their elected officials concerning this legislation and take appropriate action by notifying them and emphatically telling them that they will not have your support in the future if they pass this scurrilous legislation.